Saturday, January 7, 2017

Message to Aubrey, TX City Staff

During the Aubrey City Council Meeting on December 20, 2016, my patience was worn thin by our mayor and some of Aubrey's senior city staff. There has been a continued problem of the mayor's agenda being pushed by city staff; truthfulness and accuracy doesn't appear to be part of the discussion. In this particular instance, we were discussing a potential swap of CCN or areas to serve water with Mustang Water.

A couple of years ago the city forced a developer to de-certify from the Mustang CCN. Since then the situation has changed, which will not allow this to happen in the future. Therefore, under the new scenario this development would be the only land in this area that would be served by Aubrey City Water. Thus, all of the infrastructure needed to provide water for this development would be an island 8 miles or so from Aubrey, never connected to legacy Aubrey. However, much of the area next to Aubrey's corporate limits currently cannot be served with Aubrey Water. Literally there are areas a mile from city hall that are not and will never been in our CCN without some sort of agreement. Therefore, it now makes sense for both parties to enter into some sort of CCN swap between Aubrey and Mustang.

However, our current mayor has been resistant to any sort of arrangement with Mustang, and would rather abuse the power of government to force developers into costly and lengthy lawsuits. Unfortunately, the Aubrey city staff on in many respects are caught in the middle. They technically work for the mayor, who has yet to show any common sense, or leadership abilities for that matter. So you have a situation where I believe that there are some on city council who would like to move forward with some sort of swap if it is beneficial for the city or the taxpayers.

Unfortunately, it appears that not only does our mayor oppose anything to do with this, but she is using our staff to run interference and mislead the public on her behalf. This really puts staff in an awkward position, and I am sympathetic for the position they are being put in. With as self-serving and incompetent as our mayor is, she would no doubt make their lives difficult if they did not comply with her unreasonable requests, and support her failing agenda. However, technically they should be working for the taxpayers, and trying to do what's best for Aubrey citizens.

There are however, a few on staff that are taking their jobs of defending the mayor's agenda to the point of being misleading to the public. This was the case at the meeting on December 20, 2016. It was this that pushed me to the breaking point on this matter. I personally believe that someone who would mislead the public on something of this magnitude should not simply lose their job, but should be charged with a criminal offense. Many of these issues could pose significant harm to the taxpayers, and these are multi-million dollar mistakes. We have already had one member of staff resign over this matter. I think the city would be better off if there were a few more that joined this official in resigning.

When I attended this meeting, I was not convinced that this CCN swap would be best for the taxpayers. I tried to have an open mind on the subject and take in all points of view. However, shortly after the mayor and city staff began their presentation, I knew this was yet another dog and pony show. This was a smoke and mirrors presentation, which was nothing more than lies or half-truths. It was at this point that staff began intentionally distorting the facts. You can hear at the point, when I begin get agitated here-

There are many hardworking Aubrey city employees who are caught in this mess that undeserving on the grief that they are going through. I realize that this is a career for them and this is definitely a stressful situation for them and their families. There are only a couple of senior staff that are becoming obstacles and misleading the public and therefore should probably move on, the rest of the city employees are some of the best at their positions, and should have no concern over losing their positions. These hardworking employees work for lower wages and less benefits than their peers in similar sized cities. However, they continue to come to work and do a stellar job throughout this situation, and I appreciate their hard work and dedication to the people of Aubrey. For those hardworking Aubrey employees, they do not need to worry about their jobs or positions. I will defend you and what you've meant to this city till my dying breath.